Summer Soccer Update #4

There’s a new addition to the offseason Aussies this week, as NCAA Div 2 West Alabama defender Amy Armistead played for Souths United in the Brisbane Premier League this weekend. Elsewhere, there were wins on both sides of the Pacific and both sides of the Tweed as plenty of Aussies tasted success this week.

Starting in NSW, Maddy Cornell was on the winning side of the ledger against Western NSW Mariners as Southern Branch notched up a 2-0 win which moved them into 4th place, just 3 points off 2nd place, although 1st place seems a forlorn hope for any team but Central Coast Mariners Academy, who have an 11 point lead at the top with 10 games to play.

Georgia Rowntree sat out yet another week as Sydney Uni went down 1-0 to Illawarra Stingrays to fall one place to 4th in NPLNSW Women’s 1, whilst elsewhere in the same league, Alex Huynh and Candace Sciberras were involved in Marconi’s 1-1 draw with 2nd placed Manly United to remain in 8th position.

In the South-East Queensland WPL, Ellie Papalexiou and Palm Beach made sure they kept pace with the leaders as the league nears its split second phase by demolishing mid-table Peninsula Power 9-0, a result that keeps the side in second place, just two points behind leaders The Gap FC. There have been some very one-sided results recently, so the quality of the league should be better for the split into top and bottom half after next weekend.

In the second division Brisbane Premier League, Amy Armistead was involved for Souths United as they played out a 0-0 draw against Pine Hills, a side 11 points above them.

Moving Stateside, Anastasia McCleary had a week off as Issaquah recovered from last week’s daunting 3 game stretch, but Kahlia Hogg and Colorado Rush split their local derbies, going down 2-0 to Colorado Pride before demolishing Colorado Storm 4-0. Kahlia started both games, playing 86 minutes in the first game, before backing up with a 45 minute stint in the second game.

Looking forward, both of our US-based Aussies will be putting in double shifts this week. Anastasia McCleary and Issaquah will play twice in two days, on June 20 and 21 against Eugene Timbers and Westside Timbers, whilst in Colorado, Kahlia Hogg and Colorado Rush play host to runaway league leaders LA Blues on June 20 before welcoming Bay Area Breeze on June 24.

If Colorado Rush playing LA Blues looks tough, spare a thought for Maddy Cornell who faces up to Central Coast Mariners Academy on the weekend. The Mariners are yet to taste defeat and have an 11 point lead at the top of the NPLNSW Women’s 2 table.

In NPLNSW Women’s 1, Georgia Rowntree (if she plays) and Sydney Uni take on Manly United, a game they will be desperate to win if they are to chase down a higher place on the table, as 2nd placed Manly will put 10 points between the two sides with a win, whilst Uni will claw back within 4 if they get the chocolates on Sunday. Out in southwest Sydney, Alex Huynh, Candace Sciberras, and their Marconi side take on 3rd placed North West Sydney Koalas. Koalas are light on numbers but high on quality, and it will be dependent on which of those factors is more telling on Sunday as to which Koalas side Marconi will face.

In sunny Queensland, Amy Armistead and Souths United will be hopeful of a win against lowly Mitchelton as they try to bridge the 10 point gap between 6th placed Annerley and themselves in 7th place. The league has really split itself in two, and Souths United will need to put together a run if they’re to get back in touch with the pack.

Finally, Ellie Papalexiou and Palm Beach take on 6th placed Olympic FC. With top of the table The Gap playing 3rd placed UQ FC, Palm Beach will be making sure they take care of business, knowing that any dropped points by The Gap will see Palm Beach move back into the league lead as the league moves into its final phase.

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